Our Team

Our Team
Haripriya Rangan

Haripriya Rangan

Executive Director

Associate Professor Haripriya (Priya) Rangan co-founded RESEED with alumni of the program. She designed the Regional Sustainability field-study program with her South African research collaborators, Laura Yeatman and the late Gerhard Strydom. She successfully ran the program in South Africa from 2002-2015 while lecturing in Geography at Monash University. Priya currently works for the Australia India Institute and is Principal Research Fellow at the School of Geography, University of Melbourne. She is thrilled to partner with alumni to build RESEED as a unique social enterprise that aims to radically change modes of university-based learning and ways of engaging with communities to create flourishing environments and livelihoods.

Nicole O’Donnell

Nicole O’Donnell

Director - Policy and Planning

Nicole O’Donnell is a co-founding Director of RESEED and is passionate about students having tangible on-ground experiences to prepare them for their future work. Nicole has significant experience across the public and not-for-profit sectors in policy, sustainability, and development. Having participated and facilitated in field studies in the Asia-Pacific and Southern Africa, she knows first hand their value, both to participants, and the communities who benefit. She is excited to work with students, tertiary institutions and on-ground partners to maximise the benefit of RESEED's programs.

Ian Fenton

Ian Fenton

Managing Director

Ian Fenton is the managing director of RESEED. He participated in the regional sustainability program in 2013 and finished his masters in international development that same year. He then went to Mozambique to work in community based agroforestry and conservation. He set up a social enterprise tasked with restoring an old coconut plantation whilst also establishing artisanal businesses, training programs and community farm lots. He returned to Melbourne in 2015 and in addition to growing the RESEED enterprise also works part-time as the coordinator of the Hawthorn Men's Shed.

Dr Simon Connor

Dr Simon Connor

Academic Programs Manager

Dr Simon Connor leads the Geotourism and Biodiversity Conservation field program and is a research fellow at the University of Melbourne. His research focuses on the long-term interactions between humans and environments in the world's biodiversity hotspots. Simon co-taught the 2015 field-study program with Priya while a lecturer at Monash University. He fell in love with the rich biodiversity and long cultural history of South Africa and Mozambique and saw immediately the appeal of developing distinctive field programs in the region.

Felicity Jacob

Felicity Jacob

Communications and Marketing Manager

Felicity Jacob is the communications and marketing manager at RESEED. She went on the Regional Sustainability trip in 2015 and was blown away by the learning experience she had. As a graduate interested in sustainable planning and development, this field studies program not only exposed her to the challenges and complexities of development in a regional context but also led her to question the way we approach it. Felicity is currently working as a sustainability consultant, particularly focusing on a range of Outcomes Measurement, impact investment and social finance projects in both Australia and countries in the Pacific. She sees RESEED as a radical, real-world education experience that disrupts both the traditional development and education paradigm.